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Ward keys No. 9 MSU's rout of Green Bay

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State gave up a basket, and Nick Ward immediately took off. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward beat everyone down the court and took a long pass for a layup.

Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help the ninth-ranked Spartans rout Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night. Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. He was particularly impressive in transition and appeared to relish an up-tempo game.

"I've been doing that since forever, since I was little," Ward said. "That's just off of pure effort. Running takes no skill."


Davis' 3 helps No. 24 Houston escape

HOUSTON (AP) Corey Davis Jr. broke out of a shooting slump to help Houston improve to 10-0.

Davis hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and had 17 points in No. 24 Houston's 68-64 comeback victory over Saint Louis on Sunday.


No. 4 Zags pushing through tough stretch

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Gonzaga has spent the early part of the season traveling around the country to face high-profile nonconference opponents, and coach Mark Few has no regrets about that.

Even after the fourth-ranked Bulldogs fell at No. 12 North Carolina for their second straight loss.


St. John's handles Wagner to go to 10-0

NEW YORK (AP) LJ Figueroa scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Shamorie Ponds had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high 14 assists to help St. John's beat Wagner 73-58 on Sunday night.

The Red Storm (10-0) is off to its best start since Chris Mullin helped the team to 14 consecutive wins to start the 1982-83 season. Ponds had the most assists by a St. John's player since Omar Cook had 13 against Boston College on Jan. 10, 2001.


Rhode Island pulls away to beat WVU

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island broke West Virginia's press and broke down the Mountaineer defense in the second half of their game at the Hall of Fame Showcase.

The Rams' Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell each scored 18 points as Rhode Island pulled away for an 83-70 win at the Mohegan Sun arena in Connecticut.


Palmer's 29 lead Huskers by Oklahoma St.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Nebraska got 29 points from James Palmer Jr. and the Huskers pulled away in the second half to defeat Oklahoma State 79-56 on Sunday night at the Sanford Pentagon.

Palmer came in averaging 18.7 points per game but blew by that number early in the second half. He scored a season-high 30 points in Nebraska's last outing, a 19-point win over Creighton on Dec. 8.


TCU gets big early run, rips Indiana St.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jaylen Fisher scored 14 points and helped TCU outshoot the nation's most accurate 3-point shooting team in a 90-70 win over Indiana State on Sunday.

Indiana State entered the game tops in the nation in 3-point percentage, at 48.2 percent. But the Sycamores missed nine of their first 11 from 3-point range and made just 19 percent for the game.


BC gets by Fairfield for 6th win in 7

BOSTON (AP) Freshman guard Chris Herren Jr. picked the right day to get hot.

Herren scored a season-high 22 points and Wynston Tabbs had 20 to offset a rough shooting day by scoring leader Ky Bowman and Boston College beat Fairfield 77-67 on Sunday afternoon.


Ole Miss tops Chattanooga with 28-0 run

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Breein Tyree and Terence Davis scored 20 points apiece and keyed a decisive 28-0 second half run Sunday as Mississippi defeated Chattanooga 90-70.

Bruce Stevens added 15 points for Ole Miss (8-2), which shot 19 of 30 (63 percent) from the field in the second half, finishing 32 of 52 (61 percent). The Rebels finished 9 of 16 (52 percent) from the 3-point line, including three by Tyree.


Kansas edges 'Nova in Final Four rematch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Lagerald Vick had never watched last season's Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday's game against the Wildcats.

"We watched it for like, a week straight," Vick said. "It was definitely hard."